We took the parents and my aunt to the Sands Casino here in Bethlehem. I wasn't going to play any games but I did decide to take a chance on a 5-cent machine. After a few turns, it got stuck...the reels would not stop spinning! We had to wait for an employee to come and fix it. After that, I won a bonus and made $12! So I quit there and took my winnings home.
The big project of the day was trying to fix my aunt's dishwasher. This was really needed yesterday, when we had 20 people over for Thanksgiving dinner, but we just didn't have time to get to it. My cousin, uncle, dad, and S all had to assist in this task and there was a trip to a home improvement store as well, but it did get fixed in the end!
Today was pie day! We walked over to another building where we picked up the pies we were given for Thanksgiving. This is George's blueberry, which is what I also requested. I can't wait to try it on Thursday!
I was meant to have a doctor's appointment on the 24th, but I got a call from the office at the last minute asking if I could come in today instead. Sure! It was a good appointment but I had another case of high blood pressure this time round. Hope it clears up by the next time.
Mira and Joe had come to see us, of course, but also came to see The Game...Yale vs. Harvard. It was quite a sight...the tailgating was something else. Sadly our Bulldogs came up short and lost 10-14. But it was still a fun day!
We were walking home from work when we heard a familiar sound...a person driving with a flat tire. The woman who was driving this car realized it just when we did and pulled over at the corner. We asked her if she needed help and she did, so S changed the tire for her! Added a bit more time to our walk home but at least we've built up some good karma.
I got a ride to work this morning (thanks, S!) and what did we see but police officers standing in the street and along the sidewalk. This is a sting! They were waving people over if they were seen committing a violation - talking on their cell phone, driving without seat belts, driving without a license plate. This is how I got a ticket last December. Jerks! I hate when they do this! New Haven has real crime going on; they should be out doing some good, not trying to make money off of tickets.
We decided to walk down to campus and visit the Yale Center for British Art, which had an exhibit that I wanted to see about Mrs. Delany. Mrs. Delany was an English woman who lived in the 1700s and created mosaics of flowers and plants made out of paper. Many of her works can be seen in the British Museum, and the Center here decided to have an exhibition with some of those pieces as well as other items such as paintings of her and her contemporaries. This was a display of the materials she would have used to create the mosaics.
I mainly took this photo to prove I can stay awake past midnight! After we got back from NYC, we had a quick dinner at home and then went to our friend Tariq's party (he of the blue sweater). We were just saying our goodbyes at this point.
S's birthday and we went out to dinner and then to Libby's in Little Italy (yes, New Haven has a Little Italy) for pastries. S had cake (I was good and just had a small bite of his) but don't the cannoli look amazing? I will have to come back and have one sometime!
Today we had a little breakfast party to say goodbye to the people in our office that are moving. We have another department that is in our office and they are being moved to another building while we are staying put. Two of my coworkers and I went out this morning and bought all the goods.
S and I took a small walk before it got too dark after we were done running errands (which may or may not have included a stop at Target...oops). The colors have almost finished turning now and this is probably the last weekend of warm weather we'll have.
I had a long layover in Philadelphia, so I took the train in to the city and walked about. I went to a museum and also did a bit of shopping. This is the Christmas tree in the Grand Court at Macy's (the original Wanamaker's, Philadelphia's oldest department store). They even played the grand organ for a bit, which I discovered is the largest operational pipe organ in the world. I'd always wanted to visit Wanamaker's since I had heard it mentioned in a song in Guys and Dolls.
I really like flying out of New Haven's dinky airport, because it takes about 2 minutes to get from one end to the other. The only slightly annoying part is there's only one security checkpoint, but even that's not bad as there's usually no more than two people in line.